Zakopane, Poland often enjoys long, cold and snowy winters. The ski and snowboard season usually starts around early/mid December and some ski areas remain open through to mid April, so we are able to cover all the UK school holiday dates within this time. With a proven track record of good snowfalls and top quality snow-making systems in place at all ski areas, winters in Zakopane are ideal for skiing and snowboarding holidays. Here you will find a quick run through of the standards of skier and snowboarder, allowing you to assess your level and choose whether Zakopane will be suitable for your ski or snowboard holiday this winter.
If you are a novice planning to learn to ski or snowboard in Poland this winter then Zakopane is definitely the place for you. There are modern facilities and unbeatable prices. Numerous ski hills and small ski areas offer high quality options for those who are new to the sport. Family friendly ski areas allow people of all ages to learn in a safe and fun environment. White Side Holidays Poland have a team of English and English speaking professional ski and snowboard instructors who will introduce you safely to skiing or snowboarding and help you every step of the way from putting on your boots for the first time to taking on challenging runs by the end of the week.
As well as the ski areas mentioned above, which also offer superb facilities for intermediate skiers and snowboarders, Kasprowy Wierch offers the ideal opportunity for you to develop your skills on the top of a stunning mountain range, with some great runs and awesome views of Zakopane and Slovakia. Skiing and snowboarding off piste on Kasprowy Wierch is restricted as the Tatra mountain range is a protected national park, however, this does not take away from the challenges it provides for intermediate skiers and snowboarders. Our team of ski and snowboard instructors have a way of making even the easiest of runs challenging, so if you think you’re ready to push on from the intermediate stages of skiing and snowboarding then our team are waiting to show you how!
If you are a more advanced skier or snowboarder, the skiing on Kasprowy Wierch is fantastic, usually enjoying brilliant snow conditions on the well-maintained steep runs. To protect the national park, runs are limited in number and very strictly patrolled to prevent off-piste skiing. There are a variety of ski areas around Zakopane that do offer steep runs and bumps ~ ideal for those looking to share the fun of a ski and snowboard holiday with friends. Perhaps you are ready to challenge yourself in a snow park? Zakopane caters for all freestyle abilities with a range of snow parks around the town and we can even offer you lessons with professionally qualified freestyle ski and snowboard instructors. Another way of accessing more advanced terrain is through ski touring, an increasingly popular sport around the Tatra Mountains, White Side Holidays Poland can offer you ski touring guides, specialist equipment hire and all the avalanche awareness you need for a safe day in the mountains.
If you are hoping to ski down 15 minute long runs all day from valley to valley, as in some bigger European resorts, then Poland may not be the skiing destination for you. However, don’t let this put you off, our team of instructors have instructed both skiers and snowboarders who have come to Poland with years of experience on the slopes and even people who have done seasons on the snow before and we can ALWAYS show you something new to try on your skis or snowboard. Alternatively, you could take up our option of spending a day or two of your ski or snowboard holiday across the border from Poland in Jasna, Slovakia. A 2 hour drive from Zakopane, Jasna is big mountain offering a lot of advanced skiing opportunities including three designated off piste free-ski zones. Give us a call if you require any further information on this option.
Whatever you are looking for from your ski and snowboard holiday this winter, White Side Holidays Poland will be happy to assist you however we can to ensure you have a great holiday and are shown the best of what is on offer in Zakopane, Poland.